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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1977-05-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1977-05-13

Set 1

The Music Never Stopped
Ramble On Rose
Brown Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Looks Like Rain
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain

Set 2

Samson And Delilah ->
Estimated Prophet ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night

U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Auditorium Theatre
Location Chicago, IL

Source SBD>>MR>>Dat>>CDA>>SS>>CDA>>SHN>>DAW(Bertha)>>CDA
Transferred by Jay Ashley


Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW nicknamed Bertha, by on 10/5/2002.

Post drums / disc 3, which is proported to be PreFM>>DAT, has a PCM gen, and at least one cassette gen.

Post drums / disc 3 was deemphasised prior to processing due to the PCM emphasis, making it a bit more listenable, maybe even enjoyable.

The right channel Dropout on track D3t05 has been crossfaded from the left channel making that section of the track mono. I figured mono was the lesser of two evils.

From Charlie's original text file:

SBD -> Rm -> Dat -> CD -> Sonic Solutions -> CD
(Post Drums - Fp -> Dat -> CD)

The Post Drums Pre-FM recording is degraded and flawed. I doubt that it is a Pre-FM Master Reel recording, but then again, stranger things have happened. The ONLY reason I included it was to circulate the complete show. As for the SBD, David Gans said that the Post-Drums segment was unusable.

Charlie Miller


Reviewer: Dandysan - - July 28, 2016
Subject: irony
Whoever spilled the drink on the sound board must have kicked themselves hard when they realized they jazzed up the recording of a great Show! Still, I love it all the same! The Garble is like a hole in a favorite pair of jeans! It add's Character!
I remember as a kid in the 70's when the Dead would come to Chicago and the News would report all these Hippies descending on the town. My Mom and Dad would make sure to keep us kids away from them because they thought being a hippie was contagious. How Ironic that my lil' sister and me grew up to be Dead Heads!
Even more ironic, this weekend in Chicago is the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza and the News is welcoming everyone with open arms. What a change 39 years makes in attitudes!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2016
Subject: A band beyond description...
First set perhaps stronger than the 2nd set especially with the Scarlet>Fire set closer but they rock out Set Two as well. Especially Bertha and the Other ONE, perhaps easy to take SAMSON and ESTIMATED for granted but they are hot as well. (Sound issues documented with last few tunes) Overall a sweet show and the show opening is really loose seems like the whole set benefits from them just having a great time.
Reviewer: drkyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2016
Subject: Happy Anniversary of a great show
I had the pleasure of attending this one. Just for the edification of those who did not, the banter in the beginning was part of an amusing tableau that played out in the hall.

All but the drummers came out on stage as the house lights went down. Donna was dressed in a nurses outfit.

Down the two aisles of the hall came Micky and Billy. shaking hands as they went. Rumor has it that they may have been handing out joints, but I was in the balcony so that could be pure BS.

They made their way on stage and then started pretending to hand out pills and give injections to the rest of the band, before taking to their drum stools and joining the initial space out.

A grand time was had by all in attendance. The poor sound at the end of the tape was NOT heard in the house PA. My understanding is that someone at the mixing station spilled a beverage and it leaked on the connection to the radio feed. The source recording is likely still pre FM (meaning not recorded off the radio), but post that wet connection.

I just love this show, particularly the Brown-Eyed Women, Scarlet Begonias and the Samson & Delilah, but recordings of a good show that you attended always tend to get an extra star.

Reviewer: rkowna - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2015
Subject: Underrated Gem
The spring 77 shows are great, and while Cornell and a few others are the darling shows of the dance this show really brings the band in focus for me.

The band is famous for its connection with the supporters. Even terrible shows I have seen bring back amazing memories. I remember leaving the second to the last show in 95, Soldier Field, and thinking we had a rough night. Not the band, we.

There is a sense of harmonic convergence in psychospheric terms, a big crowd in a small place in my vernacular, I really get from this show. I have had it at every show I have ever been too, but on May 13, 1979 I have a feeling I was home watching Six million Dollar Man.

Great show, great audio.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2015
Subject: --
Set one - some of Jerry's tunes go down so well: the first Jack-A-Roe, a lovely FOTD, and, of course, the abrupt turn into Fire on the Mountain - I just love how Phil lays the bass down so unapologetically, so bare, so beautiful. They cook the hell out of this one!

Set two - some decent opening fireworks give way to what has to be, for me, one of the great highlights of the Spring '77 tour - this Other One! YOWSER, kids...buckle up tight!

I was kind of disappointed to see they released this show officially and managed the GDTRFB problems by just using tracks from other shows that have already been released (June '77, May 28th). Isn't that just a general no-no? Oh well, what we do have sounds lovely. 4 stars for this one due to the board problems, which it looks like will remain indefinitely.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2014
Subject: -
Despite the frizzle-fry midway thru GDTRFB, this is a top-notch show. Jerry's mid-Other One solo is very, very fine.
Reviewer: Jack Straw from CA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2014
Subject: re: May 1977 box
Great Show!!! About the box set version, what I've heard is that there was a massive cut in Goin' Down The Road that made the last two songs of the second set unusable on the vault masters. They substituted the versions from the Winterland June 1977 box. I would've preferred them to just patch the Goin' Down The Road instead of replacing it but maybe the patching wouldn't have worked. As far as FOTD, maybe there's a tape flip in the vault master?
Reviewer: gratefulfarnk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2014
Subject: May 1977 Box Set Pulled a Fast One
I love this show. I was there at the Auditorium Theater, and a friend recorded the WXRT broadcast so I have that as a keepsake for that memorable night.

In the May 77 box set (released in 2013) the powers that be pulled a couple of fast ones. Versions of GDTRFB and Saturday Night from some other show(s) were substituted to replace the damaged original tracks in 5/13/77, but no explanation was offered in the liner notes. Also, for some unknown reason a chunk of the instrumental section in FOTD, a segment that sounds perfectly fine on my cassette recording of the WXRT broadcast, was chopped out for no apparent reason.

I for one would have appreciated something in the liner notes acknowledging these changes and offering some justification. After listening to this show with the 2 damaged tracks for 36 years, I know it pretty well. I was ecstatic at the prospect of getting a clean version in the May 77 release. So I was doubly disappointed when the two songs turned out to be impostors.
Reviewer: wprestong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2013
Subject: First rock concert I ever went to
Thank you so much, whoever posted this! This is the first rock concert I ever went to, and it was a great concert. (It also meant that many other concerts by other bands I went to after that were big let-downs for me, because they could not live up to this standard.)

This was stereo-simulcast by WXRT in Chicago and my sister tape-recorded it off the radio, so we listened to it many times after that. The cassettes I have are missing now and they have WXRT station breaks and commercials in them, so this is better.

I still don't know who Dr. Beechwood and Dr. Schott (?) are. Are they guitars?
Reviewer: Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2012
Subject: I got some good laughs from this one
While I do tip my hat to the spring '77 run (look for a boxed set someday?), not all sets are without clunkers, and this first set is no exception. My favorite is when Jerry walks right through one of the time Signature changes in The Music Never Stopped as if it wasn't happening...I got a good chuckle out of that one. The band badgering one of the members to come onstage (one of the drummers?) at the beginning is prety hilarious, too.

The band doesn't reslly seem to find its sea legs until Minglewood. As far as song selection goes, Jerry seemed to pick a lot of his "Down Home" songs, but he all but sleep walks through the first two. Jack-A-Roe, however, shines. I am partial to the slower versions anyway (the 80's-90's version were sped up way too much). The Scarlet/Fire set closer is a nice treat.

The 2nd set is as good as any on the tour, with one possible exception (hint: it's the show that every Deadhead has).

This is a band that took chances and we were forgiving of them when they didn't come out with both guns blazing. This is one such night. But look at me, I am downloading it anyways. I think that you should, too.

4 stars, just to be fair to all of the five star shows on this tour. Emjoy!
Reviewer: Tsiftis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2011
Subject: what the?
i have no idea what possessed this band on spring '77 tour. but whatever it was, amazing!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2011
Subject: Another 77 gem
Great to hear the first Jack-a-Roe but the whole show is worth an attentive listen. Great Scarlet>Fire standard to the era and an excellent, jazzy OO.
Reviewer: KBDeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2010
Subject: Props for Donna Jean...on one song.
There are those, myself included, who disdain what Donna belts out ...mostly in the creshendo to Playin in the band, but...IMHO

This Looks Like Rain is my all-time favorite. The dynamics with her an Bobby is truely lovely.

Go Donna Go!!!
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2010
Subject: Jack A Roe
a highlight and funky one as well
Reviewer: bigmoe53 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2010
Subject: One of my favorites that gets overlooked
I have akways loved this show. The first set is the where the magic happens for me. WXRT had problems and then lost the feed during the second set so if your source for this show is from the radio, that might explain the issues you are experiencing.
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2010
Subject: Donna-Good or Bad
Why do people keep trying to convince others whether Donna was good or bad? It is only people's opinions. I don't think she was horrible, but I certainly never liked her either.

I saw some shows with Donna when I first started seeing the Dead live and I thought she was terrible. But that doesn't mean others didn't like her. Just don't try to tell me that she was great becasue I'll never think she was.

Finally, just because the music was good doesn't mean anything. She played no instrument and only occasionally sang, so a show could be good or bad and she would have had very little to do with the final outcome. Sunrise and her screaming on Playin' In The Band were the two worst offenses in my book.
Reviewer: Bordeaux1789 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2010
Subject: Still great after all these years!
One of my favorite, most heavily played tapes from when I got this back in 1982 in college. Love the shpiel at the beginning of the show and the crisp, tight, engaged playing throughout. Didn't see my first show until 4 months later--wish I'd caught the Spring 1977 tour but thankfully we have all these wonderful recordings.
Reviewer: geraldusa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2010
Subject: More Donna Bashing
I don't get it....Donna's background helped make Jerry the fab vocalist he was (yes, that's right!!!).....understandably, the occasional annoying, over the top vocals didn't work but anyone who listens to this era has to hear what she was able to do for the man, himself. I am tired of reading the ridicule; like our wonderful Congress the is so contradictory, it's all bullshit. You can't tell me 1977 was the best but she had nothing to do with it. That simply does not make any sense. Fire On The Mountain wasn't the same without her. How about Sugaree in Baltimore or Hartford......and the list goes on. Get the wax out of your ear because you can't hear!!!
Reviewer: gphishmon - - January 18, 2010
Subject: Fire better than 5/8?
Someone said that on a different copy of this show. I think they're dreaming. 5/8 blows the doors off this one. I'll post a rating once I've listened to the 2nd set.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2009
Subject: 5-13-77
Nice show. Typical great sound quality as per usual when Jay's name is on it. My favorite show of '77 is 6-9. Since I gave it a five star rating I guess I'll have to give this four stars. There's nothing wrong with this concert though.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2009
Subject: This is a fine show...
Typically well played for May, and the Other One is certainly among the best performed in 1977.

But this excellent show is surely eclipsed by quite a few others from this period, both in the music and sound quality. (94 pts)
Reviewer: walthobs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2009
Subject: Wow!
6 out of five stars. Been playing this for about 3 weeks now. Top 3 from 77' for me!!!!
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2009
Subject: hey now
look out for this one - burning the house down as we speak - wowee wow whoa
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2008
Subject: A Most Definitive Fire on the Mountain
From the get go this is an amazing remaster of a wonderful but slightly bass overdriven FM recording of an unspeakably brilliant and intensely picturesquely articulated performance: every song = A+. If there were 10 stars to rate a show, this show would merit all 10.

First ever Jack A Roe is an out of box perfect reading.

LLR will curl your battons so be well prepared.
Phil hits 8 on the Richter Scale.

The Scarlet is clearly red but Fire bleeds the intellect of a Jerome Connected man!

Samson on is a purified extension of the all consuming Fire and on it goes, and you run smack into a tree burning up in your arms as you carry you discard.

Stella...oh...Stella Blue...carry me through! Carry me through a self sacrifice I hang.

The entire show it atop non-stop masterpiece.

Be a show dat dont get da ink! but Make U think.

rating: 20 stars
Reviewer: swilford - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2008
Subject: First Jack A Roe OMG!
As much as I bash Donna, she does a fine job on this first set, with a blend of backing vocal that is something I didn't know she could do.
Music through Devil, very nice. El Paso we find Bob stepping up the energy, he enjoys this song.
Bobs on fire with outstanding rhythm as the GD machine blisters a polished first of seven total Jack A Roe played on the 77 tour.
LLR is the speed bump in the road.
Scarlet has the level up again, Donna adds some nice work as the drummers and Phil take us to Fire. In a tin can, one of our drummers? Is it working ?? On Fire, by the time we get to first verse it blends a bit. All good. The band Jams out on a killer first set.
Reviewer: serpentbox - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2008
Subject: Good, but not to the last drop
First set rocks in my opinion and the sound is crisp and clean. Jerry's on, and sounds great. Nice stage banter and off-stage whispers. Feels like a magic show. I also dug the second set. Nice Fire on the Mountain. But half way through GDTHRFB the audio goes to hell and degrades to something unlistenable. Maybe it was my computer? I don't know since I'm the first review. It was an honory though. I'd have given this a four start rating if it wasn't for the faux pas at the end. Worth a listen for sure. God I miss these guys. Will someone please invent a time machine?
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